I come from a family of known jazz musicians. My father, Jack Oatts, was one of the first jazz educators in Iowa. Music was always around... mostly jazz. My brothers, Jim and Dick Oatts, are also internationally known and respected jazz artists.
Before I took up singing, I was blowin' my tenor sax in jazz band and playing' a duet with Clark Terry at a jazz festival on my clarinet. I think playing a horn has had a great influence on my singing. I've tried to approach singing from an instrumental mindset. Space is just as important as sound.
After attending college, I began a studio career producing and singing jingles and industrials with a voice-over thrown in on occasion. I spent seven years teaching music theory, vocal studio techniques and being coordinator of the ensemble dept. at MusicTech College in downtown St. Paul.
All of my CD's are available at my web site, amazon.com, cdbaby.com, tcmusic.net and at all live performances.
For gigs and tour info, check out the gig page on my website.
Back Home is, simply put, one of the finest jazz vocal efforts that I have heard this year. Sue Tucker's voice fits the material like an old lace glove. It is straightforward, husky and warm, with touches of Billie Holiday's world wisdom and Blossom Dearie's playfulness, around the edges. Sue Tucker is what Norah Jones should hope to sound like, as Ms. Jones matures. Ms. Tucker has also selected tunes that complement her voice and the concept. Usually on a collection such as this, I will find myself saying maybe this wasn't a good idea about at least one of the tracks. I honestly cannot say that about any of the choices here.
By Curtis Davenport/Jazz Improv, Sum.issue 2007, V7N3